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Saturday 19 April 2014

Former England prop Tim Payne forced to retire after neck injury

Former England prop Tim Payne has been forced to retire on medical advice after he suffered a neck injury at the end of last season
Former England prop Tim Payne has been forced to retire on medical advice after he suffered a neck injury at the end of last season

Former England prop Tim Payne has been forced to retire on medical advice after he suffered a neck injury at the end of last season.

The 34-year-old won 22 caps for England, played for the British and Irish Lions on the 2009 tour of South Africa after being called up as a replacement, and made 266 appearances for Wasps.

 

Payne retires after a decade at Wasps, the club he joined from Coventry in 2003, having won three Aviva Premiership titles, two Heineken Cup crowns and the Powergen Cup.

 

"I am gutted that I have been forced to call it a day," Payne said.

 

"I was injured towards the end of the season and not recovering from it wasn't something I saw coming, but I accept that is the nature of the game.

 

"That doesn't however make it any less disappointing for me.

 

"I feel I have been hugely fortunate in my career to play in some great teams with great players and winning titles with Wasps is something I have immense pride in alongside representing my country and the British and Irish Lions."

 

Payne plans to stay involved in rugby.

 

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: "Tim has been a superb servant to Wasps for over 10 years and he has been an important player through good times and bad for this club."

 

"I speak for everyone when I say we wish him all the best in the next stage of his life."

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